Three More From Leg Two

Last week we looked at a spectrum of significant jams Phish played in August. But in a tour that favored more improvisation than any other in this era, there were many more highlights of note. Amidst the buzz of tour’s most staggering musical moments, some other serious pieces of improvisation haven’t gotten as much attention as they should. Below are three more jams from Leg Two that showcase Phish’s late-summer exploratory spirit.


“Rock and Roll” 8.6 II – Berkeley, California

8.5.10 (W. Rogell

Phish sped out of this torrid rock jam and quickly into psychedelic pastures, skipping usual routine stop in regurgitated percussive grooves. Fishman immediately stood out by slaughtering alternating beats, while Trey and Mike stepped forth to lead the jam on a dissonant course. Page stepped forth over Mike and Trey’s cooperative backing, playing lead piano lines over an urgent, ever-changing rhythm. Boasting gorgeous melodic interplay between guitarists, this jam took a distinct turn into blissful, uplifting textures. A perfect example of the band’s new-school “urgent ambient” jamming, Mike remained at the center of the music and Trey painted it with emotive brushstrokes, while Fish framed their transcendent interplay like an eight-legged beast. Trey, Mike and Page echoed each others’ phrases as they merged into a glowing orb of melody and harmony – an awesome piece of collaborative jamming over masterfully intricate rhythms.



“Carini” 8.10.10 – Telluride, Colorado

8.10.10 (W.Rogell)

Amidst a sea of rock anthems in Telluride’s final set, “Carini” provided the highlight of the show, churning some of the most intergalactic soundscapes of summer. As the band departed from the lyrical refrain, Page led the onset of the jam as Trey wound up his now-rarely-used “millennial” effects: seething sheets of snarling sound that emerged in 1999. Fish and Mike formed a heavy pocket highlighted by Gordon’s crafty bass lines. After setting his sonic place-mat, Trey came to the forefront with a volcanic solo, erupting with scalding intensity. When Mike shifted to a groovier bass line and Page sustained a dissonant backdrop, Trey turned his wailing solo into an uncharacteristically melodic segment that brought the jam to a climax. But after this peak, Fishman moved the band into a drone landscape that Trey began littering with dirty effects. Now the the adventure really began. Morphing into a menacing and abstract passage, Fish threw in a vocal tease of Pink Floyd’s “One Of These Days,” while the music continued its maniacal soundtrack of minds warping through a post-apocalyptic alien ambush. With stunning sonic density, this jam likened the descending of a Mothership right in Town Park, as all band members contributed to this bubbling psychedelic cauldron. Resembling pieces of ’99 Phish, “Carini” ballooned in abstract intensity and carried a futuristic, mechanical beauty. “Free” provided the splash down from outer space, continuing the rowdy setlist.



“Drowned” 8.12 – Noblesville, Indiana

8.13.10 (M.Stein)

One of the most under-the-radar jams of tour, this “Drowned that opened the second set of Deer Creek’s first night is a dark-horse piece of elegant interplay. After plowing through the initial section in a high-speed, rock and roll chase, Trey and Fish cut up the music with percussive offerings while Mike filled the spaces in between. When Page moved to organ, he coaxed the band into far mellower, ethereal textures. Trey adjusted quickly, sprouting a delicate, soulful lead while allowing space for Page to answer his ideas. Fishman favored the cymbals in a shimmering beat and Mike backed the piece with murmuring bass lines. Eventually progressing to a more abstract rhythm, Fishman coaxed Trey to follow him while Mike meshed his own idea into an experimental section of spanking new Phish music – an ambient-melodica over increasingly intricate drumbeats. Mike, Page and Trey formed an harmonic convergence without any lead, turning the piece into a gripping jam. Trey peeled surreal melodies over the feel-good futurama and once again, a musical risk had succeeded.



Jam of the Day:

Lengthwise > Maze” 8.17.10 II

Phish opened Jones Beach’s second set with conscious nod to the old-school in this mid-90’s combo.




10.8.1999 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY < Torrent

10.8.1999 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY < Megaupload

On the home stretch of a month-long tour in Fall ’99, Phish stopped at Nassau for two oft-overlooked shows. On the second night, the band nailed this second set in another classic dose of Nassau Phish. After an awesome opening segment from “Halley’s” through “Hood,” Tom Marshall came out and did his best Roger Daltry, hamming it up with the band on a cover of the Who’s Tommy classic, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

I: Piper, AC/DC Bag, Suzy Greenberg, Meat, Meatstick, Run Like an Antelope

II: Halley’s Comet > Tweezer > Bug, Fee, Harry Hood, We’re Not Gonna Take It*, Chalk Dust Torture

E: The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise

* debut, The Who; w/ Tom Marshall

Source: (FOB) Schoeps mk4 > kc5 > cmc6 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Apogee AD1000 > Sony D100 (Set I @44.1kHz, Set II @48kHz)

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890 Responses to “Three More From Leg Two”

  1. Lycanthropist Says:

    SC could shape up to be a pretty sweet BB throwdown.

  2. Kurt Says:

    @muff, if i score today we might have a full car, i think ive convinced a couple others that the linas are beautiful in october

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning guys…I’ll be securing tix for Charelston at 10 and Utica at 11. Simply no other options. I WILL make the TM my bitch…and that bitch will LIKE it!

    @Luther…Duke’s mayonnaise cures all. Your only problem is it’s only available down here. Looks like you gotta take a long car ride in a few weeks.

    @KP…nice looking ‘barner team! That was a fun game to watch last night. I didn’t realize your boy Cam Newton was such a hoss. Me thinks the mid November game on the plains is gonna be a tough one.

  4. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ b-rock

    that’s exactly my line of thinking. and i always include links in my blog postings to the original source if people want those.

    i think back in the day where there were actual taping trees, it was crucial to make sure the originals weren’t modified and that the integrity was kept intact. but now that you can get anything online at the click of a mouse, i figure it should be simple enough….download it if you want, don’t if you’re opposed.

  5. BeantownBoy Says:

    So has anybody else tried KP’s suggestion and accessed TM via the Canada site (

    Is it faster, is it legal? Why does my heart start to pound in my chest a little faster whenever pubic onsale starts?!

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Wow, KP.

    I had no idea people were so touchy about it.

    I thought the whole idea was to share.

    That seems kind of selfish, but I guess if it is the tapers’ property then you have to respect it.

  7. Kurt Says:

    i usually go with tb express and call 10 minutes early, asking stupid questions like is john lennon touring until the top of the hour

  8. jdub Says:

    Good morning BB, stage 2 of the ticket hunt kicks off today. Everybody ready?

    Today is my wife’s 40th B-day. Nothing huge is planned but a nice dinner and some key gifts. But the hardest one for me is this; today I am quitting smoking cigs as part of a gift to her, my kids, and myself. Gonna be a hard day, already worked around my typical morning craving so I’m feeling good right now.

    Good luck with ticketmaster today!

  9. Kurt Says:

    ticketmaster i mean

  10. mrfergie Says:

    morning all – good luck to every trying for tix today, don’t let tm beat you down…

  11. mrfergie Says:

    Good luck with quiting the cigs jdub – I habitual smoking about two years ago, and settled into a social smoking routine (bars and shows)

  12. Kurt Says:

    far out jdub whats for dinner? i made beef bourginon last night for the saints vikes game, just curious

  13. Mdawg Says:

    Good luck with tix and don’t let ticketbastard get you down. Use the force young Jedi!

  14. b-rock Says:

    Is the recording really the taper’s property though? it’s a recording of a public event. I don’t see how making some audio edits to it and sharing it with people who are interested in listening to it infringes on anyone. But, I think there’s always been some hoodoo in the taper community, and if people give you shit for it, I can understand not wanting to cause a ruckus.

  15. Leo Weaver Says:

    “Good luck with quiting the cigs jdub – I habitual smoking about two years ago, and settled into a social smoking routine (bars and shows)”

    That’s my story with smoking too…except I made the switch to part-time back in 2002. Didn’t touch one for over two years, then let em creep back in for most drinking occasions.

    Good luck @jdub…get your mind re-programmed and it’s a cinch.

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    I can’t remember the name of the College that was sponsoring DC but I was laughing thinking about making fun of that place on the walk back from the venue. What a prestigious internet college.

  17. b-rock Says:

    Funny ticketmaster story – One summer when I was in college, one of my high school friends was trying to pull the “call early and stall” technique. He got talking to the dude on the other end, who figured out what he was up to but was cool with it. As they talked, they realized that they both knew me and the ticketmaster guy was a fraternity brother of mine at the time. Totally random. He scored him some sweet tickets though!

  18. Kenny Powers Says:


    while it’s correct that it’s a public event, i think if a taper uses his own professional-grade gear to create a recording, it really is his property.

    and even though he would hopefully share that with others, in a way it’s his own creative expression to an extent and i can see why that could rub them the wrong way or take it as “your recording was in need of fixing”.

    i just wish some tapers could also see that “remasters” like mine end up pleasing many people who either don’t know how to or just don’t have the time to fiddle around with the recordings to get them to sound better to their ears and on their playback equipment.

    I would actually think the tapers could benefit by more people listening to and enjoying what is still at base level their recording, since many folks these days simply write off AUDs altogether and might not even check their recording out if it weren’t for the remaster…but i guess they’d rather have less exposure to a more purist crowd than more exposure that includes people who they have no respect for in terms of audio engineering knowledge.

    it’s kinda complicated i suppose.

  19. Dorn Says:

    Here’s some suggestions from the Gray Lady about things to do in Charleston, y’all.

  20. Carl Says:

    Good luck this morning, fellas. “If you will it, it is no dream.” – Theodore Hertzl, State of Isreal.

  21. jdub Says:

    Kurt – dinner is at a nice little French restaraunt. We don’t get out much anymore.

  22. BeantownBoy Says:

    So that stalling technique with TM really works? I’m going to be trying it tomorrow calling in about 20 minutes early? I’m just afraid that if I spit out my main objective (the golden tickets) too early in the conversation or just ask stupid questions that they’ll hang up on me.

    Why am I stressin’ so much about these damn tickets?! It’s like I haven’t ever seen Phish before or something. I guess it’s because this will be my first Halloween shows after seeing them more than 100 times.

  23. Kurt Says:

    hells yea

  24. jdub Says:

    Thanks for the support guys.

    KP – so you don’t know for sure that he is upset? Maybe he wants to work with you on cleaning up his recordings.

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    Hey Carl! Dawgs looked pretty good Saturday even if it was against ULaLa. Gives me some hope for tomorrow…but the ‘cocks always give us their best game of the year…gonna be a helluva battle!

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